Actually, reading Ptichka's translation, it sounds like children were the make or break issue. I can't blame her at all there if that is important to her. That is certainly something that husband and wife must agree upon.
I was so focused on G and G who were my favorites that I don't know as much about M and D. I chiefly remember them for the flexibility. I wish one of them would write a book. I would like to know a lot more about the Soviet Sports system; that was one of the most interesting aspects in "My Sergei" to me.
As for her marrying a man with two children, the children live with the mother (at least that was in the interview on FSU) and Natalia is probably in her mid thirties (or at least close to that) so I don't think of this as much of an issue. Once you get that age, there aren't a lot of men who have been single all of their lives and don't have children (at least normal men).
I wonder why Natalia didn't go to Nagano with Artur. I certainly liked her a lot better than Kazakova. I feel a little sad for her that she isn't as widely recognized as Artur Dmitriev. It's as though she's the forgotten partner.
I'm not sure about the love thing with Artur as Natalia was dating Alexei Urmanov in 1992. Artur is quite charismatic but I always thought she went best with Alexei. They both seem like quiet, unassuming people. Too bad it didn't work out between them.
It would be interesting to get Natalia & Artur's observations on their partnership and their break up, because we have mostly have had to rely on innuendos and bits and pieces from fluff pieces. But, they both seem like private people-so I doubt we will ever get their full history straighten out.
Although it is nice to hear that they aren't throwing darts at each other and are "friendly" towards one another.
I didn't follow figure skating back in 1992. But, at the time was there any reference to Tatiana & Artur dating each other, or her pregnancy or their marriage?
I don't mean a fluff piece about Artur's dating life. But, rather, if commentators, ever casually mentioned doing an M&D routine during 1992 that he was engaged to be married or he was going to be a dad, or what have you?
According to a later fluff piece (in 1996-when he skated with Oksana). Tatiana & Artur got married 6 months after M&D won the OGM, and their baby was born in September of that year.
But as far as I know, it wasn't until after Artur jr. was born that the commentators made any reference to Artur's family. And it wasn't until 1994 Olys Fluff piece that there was any photographic evidence that they actually existed.
But, like I said before, I didn't follow skating during this time-and I haven't seen every single performance.
I'm not trying to imply that T&A kept their relationship hush-hush either.
It just seems like some fans (in the US at least) were suprised when they heard that Artur had gotten married & had a kid.
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I do remember that they were being interviewed, with their coach, and he said he was getting married and Natalia didn't know it until then and was really upset. I always had the feeling that she was really in love with him. It seems like they were already expecting when they got married. I don't remember that part as well. I know then or later the coach said they had gone to everything together, like the opera, and it left her hanging.